11 July 2012

In 2010 flamenco was declared an "intangible cultural heritage" of mankind. Today I am making it tangible.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Antonio Mairena
Grands cantaores du flamenco Vol.9
Le chant du monde, LDX 274 911
(Antonio Mairena [1909-1983]: Considered to be an admirable academic artist. "...It was he who 'reversed the current' in the 30s by rising up against decadent flamenco and working indefatigably to restore pure cante jondo to its former glory, uncompromisingly re-establishing the old forms... to the point of unearthing whole families of songs that were dying out...")

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

2. Pepe Marchena
Grands cantaores du flamenco Vol.10
Le chant du monde, LDX 274 912
(Pepe Marchena [1903-1976]: "A fluent, pliant voice (always in tune, with a pleasant tone quality), nonchalant, easy-going, never forced; a precious vocalizing style indulging too freely in circuitous diversions, drawing out the ornaments like the tendrils around the vine-stock." and "Marchena's approach to flamenco is solely to sing about the joy of living, a ray of sunshine, a rose, a pretty woman."

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

3. Niño de Ricardo
Grands cantaores du flamenco Vol.11
Le chant du monde, LDX 274 927
(Niño de Ricardo [1904-1972]: "...A singing, pure, natural guitar, fragrant and multi-coloured as a bouquet of flowers." and "...The converging synthesis of the classical guitar, flamencoism and the staggering development of the guitar of the modern period.")

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